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Eyemouth lifeboats called out to stranded angler

Lifeboats News Release

Aberdeen Coastguard launched both Eyemouth inshore and all-weather lifeboat at 10pm on Wednesday 15 June after concerns were raised for an angler fishing on rocks with a rising tide and large swell.

Both lifeboats were immediately on scene, just to the north of Eyemouth, and quickly located the angler who was cut off by the tide and swell. The angler was in danger of being washed off the rocks by the swell, which was 3 to 4 metres in height and continually building.  Coastguard rescue teams from Eyemouth and Berwick were also in attendance.

Despite their best efforts, neither the inshore lifeboat nor the coastguard teams were able to reach the angler due to his location, large swell and breaking seas.  The Coastguard Rescue helicopter was then called and arrived at 11.30pm, airlifting the angler to safety.

Once it was established the angler didn’t require any medical attention, both lifeboats were stood down at midnight, returned to station and were made ready for service again.

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For more information please email Eyemouth lifeboat press officer, Adam Ferguson, adam.ferguson@hotmail.co.uk or Richard Smith, Media Relations Manager Scotland on 01738 642956, 07786 668903 or Richard_Smith2@rnli.org.uk or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336 789

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